HAFI makes life easier for Victoria woman
February 14th, 2013
Brenda had always been an active woman until she was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in her left knee. As a result, she is in constant pain and has reduced mobility. Adjusting to life required her to seek help with some of her everyday activities.
Part of that help came from the Home Adaptations for Independence (HAFI) program offered through BC Housing. The program provides financial assistance to low-income seniors and people with disabilities to modify their homes in order to remain living independently.
Brenda found out about the program through an advertisement in her local paper. She applied for a new walk-in bathtub because she couldn’t safely get out of the tub on her own. Walk-in tubs are easy to get in and out of and include additional safety measures such as anti-slip floors, grab-bars, and a very low step in.
In the process of applying for HAFI funding, Brenda underwent surgery and lost the function of both kidneys. Brenda said “HAFI staff helped me with my application while I was recovering in the hospital. I’m now on dialysis three days a week and taking a bath helps my body relax after each session.”
Brenda is a strong advocate for the program and has even shared HAFI brochures with nurses in the renal unit where she undergoes dialysis. Before her health declined, Brenda would never have thought a walk-in bathtub could provide such comfort and safety, now she can’t stop talking about it.